Japan end Egypt hopes
Egypt have been dumped out of the 2012 London Olympics after a 3-0 loss to Japan in their quarterfinal on Saturday.
The game at Old Trafford was a one-sided affair and a disappointing end for the Egyptians, who might have expected better against their Asian opposition.
Kensuke Nagai put Japan ahead in the first half, before Maya Yoshida and Yuki Otsu made the game safe. Before that, Egypt had Saad Saadeldin sent-off in the 41st minute.
Japan took the lead as Hiroshi Kiyotake won possession in midfield and found Nagai, who capitalized on some Egyptian indecision in defence to put his team in front.
The North Africans’ task became much harder four minutes before the break when Saad committing a professional foul on Manabu Saito and received his marching orders.
The Japanese netted their second in the 79th minute, when defender Yoshida connected with a Kiyotake free-kick to head home.
And it was 3-0 four minutes later as Otsu headed into the net to set up a semifinal meeting with either Senegal or Mexico, who play later.